Ed Van der Elsken

Vibrant documentary photography dwelling on the darker side of human existence

Hripsime Visser


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Ed Van der Elsken (1925-90) was one of the most vibrant documentary photographers of the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Inspired by Weegee's book Naked City, his pictures often dwell on the darker side of human existence. In 1950 he moved from his native Holland to Paris where he created, Love on the Left Bank, his most celebrated work. Photography is the visual medium of the modern world. It pervades our lives and shapes our perceptions.

55 is an ongoing series of beautifully produced, pocket-sized books that explore all aspects and styles of photography. They celebrate the world's most important photographers from the spheres of art, photojournalism, science, street photography, fashion photography and travel photography.

Each volume of 128 pages focuses on an individual master's life work and its development. It features 55 of their key works presented chronologically with an accessible introduction and critical commentaries, telling both the photographer's story and the story of the world that shaped their views.


Format: Paperback
Size: 156 x 136 mm (6 1/8 x 5 3/8 in)
Pages: 128 pp
Illustrations: 55 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714840772

Hripsime Visser is a curator at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. She has organized many exhibitions and written widely on the work of contemporary photographers such as Lewis Baltz, Gabriele Basilico and Thomas Struth.

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